RIP, Randy “Macho Man” Savage

Ooooh Yeah:

Watching that video from the late 80’s, it occurs to me that three decades later a performance that lucid would make you the frontrunner for the Republican nomination.

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42 replies
  1. 1
    handy says:

    I still remember when he would enter the arena with Miss Elizabeth perched atop his shoulders to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance.” That was great entertainment.

  2. 2
    chopper says:

    he was no ‘hacksaw’ jim duggan.

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    it was like he was born to peddle jerky. for some reason, i don’t feel he will be memorialized fully without some sort of tribute from john mayer.

  4. 4
    Sixers says:

    Sad day, oh yeah….

  5. 5
    jrg says:

    Jesse Ventura says hi.

  6. 6
    Cassidy says:

    At least one part of my childhood managed to move on without Michael Bay figuring out how to rape money out of it.

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    fordpowers says:

    snap into a slim jim !!

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    MattR says:

    Watching that video from the late 80’s, it occurs to me that three decades later a performance that lucid would make you the frontrunner for the Republican nomination.

    I can totally see Trump doing a 720 like that before starting an interview.

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    freelancer says:

    @Fucen Pneumatic Fuck Wrench Tarmal:

    I wonder if instead of being lieu of being buried or cremated, Savage elected to be ground up, slow-smoked, dried and seasoned with cheese or peppers, and sold in little yellow “Memorial” vacuum-sealed packs at 7-11’s, QT’s, and Wawa’s throughout the country.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    I haven’t watched wrestling in years but I always liked Randy Macho Man Savage. He was fun to watch and listen to, as the others just sounded aggressive and stupid.

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    WereBear says:

    I always liked him. RIP.

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    beltane says:

    @handy: Ah yes, Miss Elizabeth.
    Just yesterday I was telling my 10 year old son about all the old wrestlers from the 80’s, including Randy Macho Man Savage. It was the first time in years that I even thought of the name. What a coincidence.

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    Tom C says:

    Cocaine’s a hell of a drug.

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    Deye Mofo says:

    I actually watched this very video when I found out today. Being a huge wrestling fan, I received lots of texts informing me of the tragedy.
    I wish that I could thank him for the years of entertainment. The Macho Man may now be gone, but the Macho Madness will live forever.

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    beltane says:

    Whatever happened to George “The Animal” Steele? I remember him as having just the right amount of gravitas to win the GOP nomination.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    Two wrestling-related moments I remember from the mid 80s were King Kong Bundy body slamming a midget wrestler and George “How Now Brown Cow” Steele rescuing Ricky Steamboat from a Randy Savage at Wrestlemania III. Where he bought he clothes, I’ll never know.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Suffern ACE: Where he bought he clothes, I’ll never know.

    Would it surprise you that there are costume makers who specialize in such things? Just as there are costume makers who specialize in skating duds.

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    Jeff says:

    The ending 20 seconds of that are hilarious:

    Savage: Elizabeth, go right and I’m going left!
    Mean Gene: Can I ask you another question?
    Savage: No more Questions!
    Mean Gene: I’m sorry about that.

    For men of my age (33, but I’d say +/- 5 years) the Macho Man/Miss Elizabeth love story/triangle was our first introduction to love and the only love story a 10 year old wouldn’t be embarrassed to say he was really into. When they reunited (I think it was WM 7 or something) and the crowd went insane and they walked off with her on his shoulders crying a generation of young boys first learned about chivalry and the power of love. I shit you not, I honestly belive this.

    RIP Macho Man, you filled my childhood with entertaining moments and, in your own special way, life lessons.

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    Montysano says:

    Every once in a while I’ll stop by wrestling for a few minutes, but it’s lost the absurdity that made it lighthearted and fun. Macho excelled at that.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @beltane:

    Whatever happened to George “The Animal” Steele? I remember him as having just the right amount of gravitas to win the GOP nomination.

    Not to mention body hair, also, too.

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    The Dangerman says:

    …the frontrunner for the Republican nomination.

    Shit, I’d vote for the Mouth from the South before voting for most of the lineup from the Republicans. With his bullhorn, kinda reminds you of Dubya, ya know?

    Didn’t the Million Dollar Man check out not that long ago? 80’s wrestlers, literally, a dying breed.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    Whatever happened to George “The Animal” Steele?

    He was never the same after Dr. Sigmund Ziff treated him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDV1KQhr9KQ

    After that, would anyone trust a psychologist with a degree from Boston College?

  23. 23
    Scott says:

    I loved his performances as Bonesaw McGraw and Rasslor.

    I never watched wrestling much when I was younger, but I always felt like Savage was a cut above the rest — just fantastically entertaining…

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    Ed Marshall says:

    My first cousin was Gorgeous George and I spent a number of nights consuming outrageous amounts of cocaine and alcohol with her and Randy. He was a fun guy and he will be missed.

  25. 25

    True fact: the Garner, NC factory that made Slim-Jims closed today.

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    ChrisB says:

    The best story line ever was when George the Animal Steele developed a crush on the lovely Miss Elizabeth. Just hilarious.

    RIP Macho Man, you were a lot of fun.

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    Blue Neponset says:

    RIP Macho Man.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Macho Man was the hero for us who thought were too cool for Hulk Hogan. OOOOOOOOHHHH YEEAAAAHHH! If Heaven exists, it is now a cooler place!

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    JoshB says:

    He was a genuinely nice guy. I worked retail when I was in college, and he showed up in my store one night just before close. Upon request, he called a friend and told her to snap into a Slim Jim. He was a great sport and pretty much awesome.

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    robertdsc-PowerBook says:

    RIP.

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    alwhite says:

    I guess he got wood before he died.

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    moops says:

    I don’t have the fond memories of wrestling. I was post-pubescent when it hit. I did find Macho Man to be one of the better guys at acting unhinged though. I sorta got the feeling he was on a mixture of cocaine and steroids most of the time back then.

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    uila says:

    Nice chair… ANTIQUE?

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    Dapper Dan says:

    That was great, haven’t seen it in years. Does anyone else see Chris Farley getting inspiration from the Macho Man? Particularly in a VAN down by THE RIVER?

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    Incoherent Dennis SGMM says:

    RIP, you were a character.

    Wrestling was a big deal in the early days of TV because they could cover the action with one overhead camera. I’m so damned old that I can remember that, along with wrestlers Gorgeous George and Max Baer.

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    somethingblue says:

    it occurs to me that three decades later a performance that lucid would make you the frontrunner for the Republican nomination

    Nah. A performance as lucid as that would totally disqualify you for the Republican nomination.

  37. 37
    Dongo says:

    Dadaist anti-interview.

  38. 38
    Froley says:

    I also enjoyed the wrestling act of his brother “Leaping” Lanny Poffo (he used to read poetry before his matches). Loved those guys.

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    AxelFoley says:

    My moms called me earlier today from work to tell me Macho Man had died.

    Damn, one of my favorite wrestlers of all time…

    Oooh Yeah! Dig it!

    Peaceful journey, Macho Man.

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    Sasha says:

    I met him briefly, of all places, in an IHOP. Really nice guy.

    RIP.

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    Cacti says:

    The saddest part is that 58 is a long life for a professional wrestler. An alarmingly high number of them never live to see 50.

    If there’s an industry screaming for some regulation, it’s the pro-wrasslin’ biz.

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    Paul in KY says:

    I went to HS with Miss Elizabeth. Wonderful person. very preppy & studious at that time. If you had told me then that she would end up as a pro wrestling star, I’d never, ever, have believed you.

    RIP, Randy & Liz.

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